To create what it does, Hollywood has to draw young people, often of unstable temperament, from all over the world. It plunges them into exacting work—surrounds them with a sensuous life—and cuts them off from the normal sources of living.
— Max Lerner, America as a Civilization
Mankind are, in all ages, caught by the same baits: The same tricks, played over and over again, still trepan them. The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.
— David Hume, “Of Public Credit,” pt. ii, essay ix in: Essays Moral, Political and Literary (3d ed. 1754) in the Liberty Fund ed., p. 363.
LEFOU: No beast alive stands a chance against you. —And no girl, for that matter.
GASTON: It’s true, Lefou. And I’ve got my sights set on that one.
LEFOU: The inventor’s daughter?
GASTON: She’s the one – the lucky girl I’m going to marry.
LEFOU: But she’s –
GASTON: The most beautiful girl in town.
LEFOU: I know, but –
GASTON: That makes her the best. And don’t I deserve the best?
– Beauty and the Beast (1991) (watch the clip)
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.
– George R.R. Martin
It seems to me that the time for subtlety, in our American life, has passed. Do we look for subtlety in news media nowadays? In pop music? In fashion? In TV, movies? Even in visual art, is subtlety what we seek out and richly reward? Do we seek delicate phraseology in politics or other forms of public life?
We do not.
– Lydia Millet
In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure.
– Franz Kafka
Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.
– Her, 2013
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
– Leonard Nimoy
Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most human.
– Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (watch the video)
… A radical Left aided by a cultural elite that detests Christianity and finds Christian moral tenets reactionary and repressive is hell-bent on pushing its amoral values and imposing its ideology on our nation.